Library advocates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill for more than 325 congressional visits in support of America’s libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 44th annual National Library Legislative Day, May 7–8. Participants asked members of Congress to fully fund federal library… Continue readingLibrary supporters gear up for “year-round advocacy” at ALA’s 2018 National Library Legislative Day The post Library supporters gear up for “year-round advocacy” at ALA’s 2018 National Library Legislative Day appeared first on District Dispatch.
ALA has supported ConnectHome since it’s launch in 2015 by helping to connect local libraries with their public housing authority, the lead in local efforts to connect low-income housing residents to online opportunities. Libraries have provided digital literacy training, resources, and other support necessary to be successful online. As part… Continue readingLibraries partner with ConnectHome for digitally inclusive communities The post Libraries partner with ConnectHome for digitally inclusive communities appeared first on District Dispatch.
Libraries Ready to Code grantee Waseca Public Library is setting plans in place to help other libraries in their regional system create customized computer science and computational thinking programs. Matthew White, a librarian at Waseca Public Library, shares his takeaways from Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) cohort meetings at the… Continue readingReady to Code library plans CS training materials for librarians The post Ready to Code library plans CS training materials for librarians appeared first on District Dispatch.
Today we are kicking off National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., and we are inviting you to help us spread the word about the importance of libraries in your own community. Today, take a few minutes to call or email your senators and representatives – just use the talking points and… Continue readingNot at #NLLD18? You can still take action! The post Not at #NLLD18? You can still take action! appeared first on District Dispatch.
On May 9, Senate Democrats will take the first legislative action in support of net neutrality, officially filing the petition to force a vote on the Senate floor to attempt to preserve strong net neutrality protections passed in 2015. The Senate bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from… Continue readingMay 9: Internet Red Alert in support of net neutrality The post May 9: Internet Red Alert in support of net neutrality appeared first on District Dispatch.
Progress on the FY 2019 appropriations bills moves forward towards the October 1 deadline. ALA members participating in next week’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), or Virtual Library Legislative Day, are weighing in on library funding at a critical time as House and Senate Appropriations Committees are still crafting their… Continue readingFY 2019 appropriations bills move forward, just in time for National Library Legislative Day The post FY 2019 appropriations bills move forward, just in time for National Library Legislative Day appeared first on District Dispatch.
Located on the eastern shore of Maryland, Ready to Code grantee Kent County Middle School students develop projects for their community. After interviewing local businesses and community organizations, students learn applied coding and computational thinking by developing the projects to meet the individual needs of the business or community organization.… Continue readingReady to Code middle school students give back to their community through coding The post Ready to Code middle school students give back to their community through coding appeared first on District Dispatch.
The ALA Washington Office is pleased to announce that Heather Braum will serve as ALA’s 2018 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and internet policy issues through the library lens. As a Google Policy Fellow, Braum will explore diverse areas of the… Continue readingALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2018 The post ALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2018 appeared first on District Dispatch.
Can Congress and the president take back spending weeks after they approved said spending? The short answer is, yes, through a procedure called a “rescission,” but it won’t be easy. Federal budgeting for more than $3 billion in annual spending is a complex process with rules, delays and pitfalls that… Continue readingRescissions: The give and take of congressional budgeting The post Rescissions: The give and take of congressional budgeting appeared first on District Dispatch.
The newly developed Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program was created for librarians, educators, and government in response to the continued growth in the use of CC licenses globally and the corresponding need to help people acquire Commons knowledge and skills. This session will review the CC Certificates program including content,… Continue readingMay CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate The post May CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate appeared first on District Dispatch.